For crying out loud Krypt, do you read just seleted portions of peoples posts? He isn't denying that the Wings aren't the best market, nor is he saying they are the best supported team. He is saying, and I hope I'm not putting words into his mouth, but they are/were supported enough to keep the team viable, and profitable even during some tough ecconomic times. The ONLY reason NY is and will continue to be the #1 hockey market, is because of the size and population of the City, not because NYC is a hockeytown.Ok to end this once and for all show us evidence that the Wings fans supported the Red Wings Back when they were lossing.
Just cause Rangers fans as myself supported a lossing team in the past could be debated as the population of the area outshines many other hockey markets. Proof enough is that 3 local area teams blog one another within a 10-40-60 min radius of each other. If you took the the attendence of the devils and the islanders together its enough to fill another MSG.
Heck you could add another NHL team in NYC right in Brooklyn and i bet it would sell out. NYC is soon going to be supporting 2 NBA teams as the NETS are going to brooklyn with a new building. Add another hockey team to this building as well. Even so there was talk the Rangers AHL team will move there and for sure they will sell out also. i know i will go. Hockey is the best game ever IMO.
Now if detroit was as large as NYC im sure even if lossing they would have a full house and could possibly lay claim as Hockeytown. As it is now The Flyers would be a stronger canadate to fill that fill that position next to the Rangers.
If NYC had detroits population it could be very possible MSG would not sell out. Resulting in a smaller fan base.
I just find it hard to debate why NYC isnt and untill someone can prove otherwise this debate will just keep going. Its really starting to get pointless.